Pavlova Recipe

Pavlova With Blackberry, Raspberries, Mandarins, Kiwis and Strawberries

Pavlova With Blackberry, Raspberries, Mandarins, Kiwis and Strawberries

A Pavlova is a baked meringue dessert. It is made by beating egg whites and other ingredients to stiff peaks, then baking the mass “low and slow” so that the outer crust becomes crisp like a cookie but the inside remains soft like a marshmallow. It is then usually topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits. The Pavlova was created to honor the famed Russian dancer Anna Pavlova after one of her tours to New Zealand.

Our friend Felicia made a Pavlova for us at a previous dinner at their house, so I asked her to make another one for dessert for our recent Ultimate Ribs Showdown meal. I also asked her to provide the recipe and take pictures (I know, such a demanding host!) so that I could post the Pavlova recipe later. Here is that recipe.

Pavlova Recipe

(Adapted FromCanadian Living’s Desserts”) Makes 6-8 servings.

6 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup raspberries, blueberries, strawberries
2 kiwifruit, sliced


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place bottomless 8 inch or 9 inch springform pan on top of paper. Trace the perimeter of the pan with a pencil onto the parchment. Turn parchment upside down.

3. In a bowl, beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.

Pavlova soft peaks

4. Gradually beat in sugar in thin steady stream until stiff glossy peaks form.

Pavlova stiff glossy peaks

5. Sift in cornstarch; fold in vinegar and vanilla. Batter should be a marshmallow consistency.

Pavlova marshmallow

6. Spoon batter onto prepared pan inside the drawn circle and smooth perimeter; smooth top.

Pavlova circle

7. Bake at 275 F oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until crisp and lightly browned on outside but still soft in middle.

8. Let cool completely (meringue may deflate).

Pavlova baked

9. Run knife under meringue. Carefully remove paper. (Meringue can be loosely covered and stored for up to 3 days.) Remove loose bits from meringue.

10. Whip cream; spread over top of meringue.

11. Garnish with raspberries, blueberries and kiwifruit or whatever fruit you may have on hand.

Pavlova with Berries, Mandarins, Kiwis and Strawberries

Pavlova with Berries, Mandarins, Kiwis and Strawberries

Strawberries and Kiwis are classic toppings for a Pavlova. Felicia also made a second Pavlova with just blackberries, raspberries and strawberries in a raspberry sauce. Both were very good!

Pavlova with Strawberries Raspberries and Blackberries

Another good thing about Pavlovas are that they are naturally gluten-free. So if you’re allergic to wheat gluten, this dessert is for you!

Aloha, Nate

This post was submitted to "Mithai Mela" at Cooking 4 all Seasons and also to "Tasty Tools" at Joelen’s Culinary Adventures.

30 thoughts on “Pavlova Recipe”

  1. >Hi there,

    This is a VERY popular and commonly made dessert in Australia. The outside should be crunchy and hard but there should be plenty of inner which is firm but quite similar in consistency to pana cotta or mousse.

    Merangues are chewy – not similar at all.

  2. >In New Zealand our pavlovas are NEVER brown like the one pictured – bake it for 1hr 15minutes – I won't use this recipe though because my pavlovas are crisp on the outside and extraordinarily light on the inside…my advice would be to ditch this recipe and find another!-Kiwi girl.

  3. >kiwigirl–if you have a better recipe, do share it. Ours might not meet your standards but I must say it tasted wonderful nevertheless.

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